UCT triumphs in environmental innovation at South Africa’s third Greenovate Awards

Young environmental game-changes from the University of Cape Town (UCT) took first place in the Greenovate Awards for the third year running. UCT scooped up the very first Greenovate Engineering Award too.

The awards programme is an exciting initiative by Growthpoint Properties in association with the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). The prestigious awards recognise innovative solutions for the property industry to environmental challenges.

This is the third year the awards have strived to inspire and encourage students of the built environment to discover, explore and invent ways to live more sustainably. Also, for the first time this year, the awards were extended to include a second category for engineering students.

The students were challenged to come up with ideas for any property-related project that makes the way we live greener and our environmental footprint lighter.

A total of eight universities competed for both awards this year. UCT was the only one to take up the challenge in both award streams. Groups from each of the participating universities competed internally first, and the two top projects from each were chosen as finalists. This year the awards adjudicated a record 16 finalist teams.

For the Greenovate Awards, two finalist teams each came from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), UCT, Nelson Mandela University (NMU) and the University of the Free State (UFS), and one represented the University of Pretoria (UP).

For the first ever Greenovate Engineering Awards, two finalist teams each represented UCT, Stellenbosch University and North West University (NWU) and one team came from the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

The winners were announced at a gala dinner in Sandton Central with keynote speaker, serial tech entrepreneur Stafford Masie, who said: “…as much as it is about technology, it’s more so about humanity. Sustainability of any idea or innovation is collectively harnessing latent human capital, augmented with AI, to coagulate around your business from the outside. We need to establish ecosystems versus just building cool stuff or even just cool businesses…co-creativity is the absolute substrate of continuous leading innovation. Make everything hack-able, derive less value than you create and ensure your leadership is focused on empathy…understanding what makes us human, and allows us to express that humanity, with the context of your services, builds exponential competitive edge and values.”

The UCT team of Mark McCormick, Daniel Navarro and Nicholas Tennick, supervised by Karen Le Jeune, were named the winners of the Greenovate Awards 2017. Their submission was titled “upgrading existing medium-density residential buildings with strategic green building features and initiatives holds the key to increasing affordable housing in Cape Town”. This team of outstanding young green innovators took home R30,000 in prize money, as well numerous other rewards.

UCT also took second place, with team members Tarryn Coles, Anthony Testa and Gemma Watson investigating the viability of using self-sustaining shipping container homes as an affordable and sustainable approach to student housing. Saul Nurick supervised the team. Third place was scooped by the Wits team of Thina Mangcu, Prudence Ndlovu and Yonwaba Mntonga, supervised by Dr Kola Ijasan, which undertook a Johannesburg explorative study of a project manager’s skill and knowledge for green building construction.

For the inaugural Greenovate Engineering Award, UCT student and young green thinker Craig Peter Flanagan, supervised by Dr Dyllon Randall, took top honours with a focus on the development of an on-site nutrient recovery urinal for buildings. The award came with a R30,000 prize.

NWU clinched second place in the engineering stream with student Reino von Wielligh, supervised by Dr Leenta Grobler and Dr Henri Marais, who submitted an investigation of a solar powered parking bollard for parking space management. Third place went to Stellenbosch University student Petrus Johannes Stefanus Botes, with supervisor Prof Jan Andries Wium, who explored the development of sustainable construction systems in South Africa, specifically bamboo scaffolding.

Werner van Antwerpen of Growthpoint Properties, says:Growthpoint is proud to collaborate with the GBCSA, the universities and their students, the award’s sponsors, and the mentors and judges that give so generously of their time and knowledge. Together, we can inspire environmentally innovative thinking among even more of South Africa’s future leaders. Everyone wins when we show and grow innovation for a greener, healthier, and more sustainable environment.”

Remy Kloos, the driving force behind the Greenovate Awards, comments:This awards programme is an excellent way for leading green corporates like Growthpoint to link to university students – the future leaders who will become champions of the sustainability movement. It closes the gap between what is learned at universities and the practical solutions that today’s businesses are seeking. The Greenovate Awards are producing revolutionary student projects backed by smart thinking. These young green trailblazers are discovering new ways to drive green building thinking forward, to ensure a better future.”

Dorah Modise, CEO of the GBCSA, comments: “GBCSA is proud to be part of this initiative, year on year these young men and women manage to amaze us with their raw talent. The innovative ideas that they present grow from strength to strength as the years go by. We are happy to see that our efforts in building the necessary skills required to transform the built environment are bearing fruit and we can happily look forward to a greener, more sustainable future.”

For Greenovate Award participants, the benefits go well beyond winning a prize. The programme provides students with an opportunity to work with leading green building thinkers in Greenovate workshops with industry professionals.

The judging panels comprised some of the country’s top green minds and eco leaders, including:

  • Dorah Modise, CEO of GBCSA

  • Brian Wilkinson, former CEO of GBCSA

  • Leon Cronje, Director of RLB Pentad

  • Neil Gopal, CEO of the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA)

  • Bonke Simelane, Director of NMC Construction Group

  • Morloes Reinink, Partner at Solid Green

  • Mauritz Kruger, Architect – Principal Specialist (RHDHV) (Engineering)

  • Manfred Braune, Chief Technical Officer and Executive Director of GBCSA (Engineering)

  • Werner van Antwerpen, Associate Corporate Finance at Growthpoint (Engineering)

  • Mike Aldous, Associate – Green Building & Sustainability Services/BIM Champion at Mott MacDonald (Engineering)

  • Johan Piekaar, Office Director, Structures, Africa for WSP (Engineering)

This is the second time Neil Gopal, CEO of SAPOA, has judged the awards. He says: “I am honoured to be part of the judging panel at this year’s Greenovate awards. It is important that we, as the property sector, encourage innovation among future industry leaders who are in tune with the needs of the environment and alternative ways of creating monuments without impacting the environment negatively. “

Greenovate also attracted the valued support of additional sponsors this year, including Remote Metering Solutions, Royal HaskoningDHV and Terra Firma Academy.

Van Antwerpen believes the awards will continue to grow and make a significant contribution in recognising and encouraging environmentally innovative thinking among South Africa’s future property leaders.

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Cape Town turns green for annual sustainability summit

Sustainability buffs will turn Cape Town a deeper shade of green when they converge in November for the much-anticipated Green Building Convention 2015, the theme of which this year is “Inspiring Better Buildings.”

“Sustainability draws interest from a diverse range of professions and sectors,” says Brian Wilkinson, CEO of the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA.) “The Convention brings together all of those to share insights, knowledge and inspiring stories.”

The premier event on the sustainability industry’s calendar, sponsored by Property Finance at Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking, this year’s Convention will take place on 2-6 November, led by broadcast personality and property guru Kura Chihota who will emcee the programme.

Opening with three days of master classes and insider property tours, the emphasis for delegates is on sustainability initiatives in action.

Keynotes and round tables kick off on Day 4 (Thursday 04 November) with a keynote address by award-winning businessman, author and passionate environmental advocate Jochen Zeitz. He will tackle the economic and business angle on sustainability – a subject he is uniquely placed to discuss.

As Chairman of the Kering board’s sustainable development committee; former CEO of PUMA; and founder of the Zeitz Foundation for Intercultural Ecosphere Safety, Zeitz is also widely lauded for developing the Environmental Profit and Loss Account, a model for addressing sustainability goals as part of the corporate bottom-line.

On Day 5 of the Convention, Chris Smith, a member of The Naked Scientists, will deliver the opening keynote address. Founded in 2001, The Naked Scientists are based at Cambridge University in the UK and make up a team of scientists, doctors and communicators whose passion is to engage the general public more closely with the worlds of science, technology and medicine. Smith hosts radio shows on science around the world, and in South Africa, he can be heard on Friday mornings on Primedia’s Talk Radio 702 and 567 CapeTalk.

“The Naked Scientists have reached audiences across the world,” says Wilkinson, pointing out that podcasts by the group have been downloaded more than 40 million times over the past five years.

The radio shows cover not only scientific but also business and social perspectives on sustainability. Smith is well-known for explaining complicated scientific phenomenon in simple, easy to understand ways, with topics ranging from the science of climate change to why and how your productivity would be affected by natural light.

Former Greenpeace activist and chemist Professor Michael Braungart will talk about how, as a society, we can re-think industrial production in a way that is positive instead of negative in terms of sustainability.

As founder and scientific CEO of the Hamburg-based consulting firm, Environmental Protection and Encouragement Agency (EPEA) Internationale Umweltforschung, Braungart will go a step further and talk about achieving sustainable abundance in production. He has authored notable books on his pioneering concepts, including, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the way we make things; and, Beyond Sustainability: Designing for Abundance.

Another heavyweight keynote speaker in the line-up for the GBCSA Convention is Donald Thompson, an architect and founder of The Center for Regenerative Design and Collaboration (CRDC).

Thompson is a real innovator and is noted for his commitment to changing the face of construction in Costa Rica and his contribution to conservation. He is the designer of the patented AGUA “Bottle to Tile” Out Cycling project, and consults to the Costa Rican Government and various multinational corporations. Thompson’s talk at the Convention is titled “Outcycling: Turning vicious cycles to virtuous ones”.

The Convention programme ensures ample opportunity for delegates to network, both formally and informally, with an opening cocktail and winetasting on November 4; a conference party at The Shed at the V&A Waterfront on November 5; and the Green Star SA Leadership Awards reception.

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South Africans to observe world Green Building Week and go green

The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) will be joining Green Building Councils across the globe to celebrate World Green Building Week, and has invited all South Africans to take part in the celebration by getting involved in making their homes and workspaces greener.

The GBCSA will use the week, which takes place from 21 to 27 September 2015, to highlight the valuable contribution green buildings are making towards a sustainable future and, at the same time, encourage all South Africans to join in powering positive change around the globe.

Brian Wilkinson, GBCSA CEO, comments: “As of last year, South Africa ranked 18th in terms of biggest emitters of CO₂ – ninth as a proportion of our GDP and 27th in terms of CO₂ emissions per person. Buildings account for 40% of end user energy consumption, 40% of solid waste and 12% of fresh water usage worldwide. These figures are alarming, and they highlight the need for more education around green building.”

He adds: “The good news is that green buildings have already taken great strides in powering positive change by slashing energy use and emissions, saving water, reducing the volume of waste to landfill, and providing healthier places for people to work and live.”

World Green Building Week started in 2009 to create a more connected, more interactive, more public conversation around the role buildings play in creating our sustainable future.

“This week presents us with a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on the global movement and our collective mission to create sustainable built environments,” Wilkinson says.

The GBCSA will be using World Green Building Week as a platform to educate building users about the benefits of working in a green building.

“By providing this motivation we hope to, in turn, encourage as many people as possible to also adopt positive environmental habits at home,” urges Wilkinson. “We would like to encourage everybody to get involved, to become green advocates and spread the word to power positive change.”

The GBCSA has also created a special platform to further educate South Africans on how to green their living places with the ‘My Green Home’ project.

“With co-funding from the German government and a set of valued sponsors and partners, we spent six months working with one suburban family to green their home and show what is possible. In that short time, the family saw a 53 % reduction in electricity consumption, a 44 % reduction in water consumption and an 81 % reduction in waste to landfill. We encourage more South African families to take up the challenge, and what better time to start than World Green Building Week?” Wilkinson says.

“We hope to see as many South Africans as possible support not only this very special week, but also join us in our continued journey to build a sustainable future for South Africa,” concludes Wilkinson.

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Centurion Square office development awarded Five Star Green Certification

PPS, the only mutual financial services company in South Africa which focuses exclusively on graduate professionals, announced that the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded a Five Star Green Star Office v1 Design rating certification to the PPS Property Fund Trust’s latest green office development in Centurion.

Centurion Square Phase 1, a 9300 square meter office development is due for completion in October 2015 at a cost of over R200 million. The potential area of the entire site exceeds 21,800 square meters with a Phase 2 office of 12,500 square meters in the planning stages.

Tiffany Boesch, Group Financial Director of PPS, says the company is proud to be part of the development and to occupy Centurion Square alongside its tenants. “Investing  in green technology will not only lead to cost reductions in the long term, but will also result in reduced use of resources and have a positive impact on the health and wellness of the occupants and surrounding community.

“At PPS, about 15% of our members are professionals within the built environment and we therefore are duty bound to be at the cutting edge of construction trends and green building technology. When the opportunity presented itself to develop a new office park through our property fund, we embraced this opportunity to collaborate with the Green Building Council South Africa and demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility,” says Boesch.

The GBCSA is a nationally accepted organization that leads the transformation of the South African property industry to ensure that buildings are designed, built and operated in an environmentally sustainable way. The GBCSA’s mission is to promote, encourage and facilitate green building in the South African property and construction industry through providing an established common language and best practice standard of measurement for green buildings through the Green Star SA rating tools.

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Growthpoint and GBCSA launch Greenovate Awards

Growthpoint Properties and the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) have launched a new competition for students.
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The Greenovate Awards aim to inspire and encourage students of the built environment to discover, explore and invent ways to live more sustainably.

“The built environment has a major impact on the environment and sustainability. With the Greenovate Awards, we want to recognise excellence and innovation in students’ own understanding of green principles for the built environment, across all aspects and disciplines. These aspiring young professionals have the potential to transform the way we live, with gentler impacts on the world around us. The Greenovate Awards will link environmental challenges to innovative thinking,” says Werner van Antwerpen, head of utilities and sustainability at Growthpoint Properties.

According to the GBCSA’s CEO, Brian Wilkinson, besides igniting a new wave of green thinking, the aim of the programme is also to educate as many property, construction and quantity surveying third year and honours level students as possible in green building principles. This includes awareness of South Africa’s own Green Star SA rating system.

Investing in future

“We want to encourage students to learn about green building and sustainability early on in their careers. Investing in the youth is investing in our future. These are tomorrow’s leaders who will take the green building movement forward and ensure it continues to innovate and inspire. Essentially, we want them to enter the market as advocates for green building with a passion to create better, more sustainable, cities, towns and neighbourhoods,” Wilkinson continues.

The awards programme will be set up and piloted at the University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand and University of Pretoria, and the competition will test the interest of both students and faculty. If the pilot is successful, it will be rolled out to all universities in the country with the appropriate built environment faculties.

The challenge is for students to come up with ideas that would result in a research project that promotes a more sustainable built environment. These can be applied to any aspect of a building; design, development, planning, construction, materials – anything that makes the way we live greener and our environmental footprint lighter.

Integrated approach

Round one of the competition will take place internally and each university’s panel will select the top two projects submitted by student groups. “Collaboration between different departments will be allowed. We really hope to see students placed in an environment that requires the use of an integrated approach to problem solving with a shared vision across all disciplines in the built environment,” says Van Antwerpen.

Workshops with industry professionals will run from March through to September and the top six projects will be selected by mid-November. The top six groups will then have the opportunity to present their projects to a panel of industry experts selected by the GBCSA and Growthpoint. A gala dinner and prize-giving will be held on 26 November to announce the overall winners.

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South Africa: How green is ‘officially’ green?

Given the threat of both an energy and water crisis, President Jacob Zuma has encouraged the private sector to “go green”, with government now looking to increase the energy efficiency incentives on offer. But how green do you have to go to be considered officially green, and how will this be measured and rated?

“Support for green initiatives was also stated in the budget speech, but I believe that businesses still find themselves in an uncertain position as to what it is they’re supposed to do,” says Brian Wilkinson, CEO of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Wilkinson adds: “The possibility of incentives for greater efficiency will certainly encourage more green buildings initiatives. But, there will need to be a clear measure of efficiencies for government to confidently and consistently award these incentives.

Businesses especially will now more than ever be looking for solutions to bring about reductions in operation and facilities management costs in light of, for example, Eskom’s recent announcement that they would be appealing for an additional 9,5% increase on electricity costs over and above the already approved 12%. Sustainable solutions are desperately sought.

“Green has become a new buzz word with many businesses and service providers claiming to be sustainable in their offering and operations. This focus on green building has demonstrated the need for a rigorous, standardised system that rates just how green projects are with tangible results to back up these claims. “

Fortunately, this system is already in place with the GBCSA’s Green Star SA rating tools.

“With these tools we can not only guarantee that businesses live up to their green building claims, but also assist with their endeavours to minimise their carbon footprint,” says Wilkinson. “With happier, healthier employees and existing of evidence significantly reduced operations and maintenance costs at greener buildings, the benefits of a Green Star SA rating are extensive.”

Building owners looking to achieve a Green Star SA rating can, together with their green building consultant, submit the necessary documentation to the GBCSA. “Independent assessors are employed to evaluate submissions and allocate points based on the green measures that have been implemented. Certification is awarded for 4-Star, 5-Star or 6-Star Green Star SA ratings,” Wilkinson explains.

Office, retail, multi-unit residential, public and education buildings, as well as existing commercial buildings are all catered for with rating tools designed specifically for the various projects. The GBCSA has also recently introduced a Green Star SA Interiors tool which focuses primarily on efficient maintenance and operations of interior fit-outs and caters for a broad range of tenancies, including office, retail and hospitality projects.

“With this tool the tenants have all the power, allowing each tenancy to have their own unique environmental design initiatives fairly and independently benchmarked. It rewards healthy, productive places to work which are less costly to operate and maintain and have a reduced environmental footprint,” he says.

For existing buildings, the Green Star SA – Existing Building Performance (EBP) tool covers the same environmental categories addressed in the Green Star SA new building tools but also places focus on the efficient operations and management of the building. This rating is only valid for a period of three years, to ensure the building is continually well operated and maintained and energy and water monitoring, management policies and plans are all required.

Wilkinson advises the most effective and simple starting point to check the performance of your building is the GBCSA’s Energy Water Performance (EWP) mini-tool. This tool benchmarks an office building’s energy and water consumption against an industry mean. So, if your asset compares poorly, you can be sure that investing in its electricity and water efficiency will bring worthwhile benefits to the building’s bottom line, attractiveness, and sustainability, and the environment too. While the EWP mini-tool makes up 40% of the EBP, it is also available as a separate certification.

“Green Star SA rating tools are comparable to those of other green building councils around the world, making them a reliable benchmark, not only across South Africa, but internationally too,” he says.

Source: African Environment



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Green Building Council launches new Green Star SA Interiors tool

Continuing its vision to lead the transformation of the South African property sector into an environmentally sustainable industry, the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has launched its new Green Star SA Interiors tool – taking green building into the heart of every South African business.

The new Interiors tool, sponsored by both Standard Bank as the main sponsor and Saint Gobain as supporting sponsor, encourages tenants to rate the interior fit-outs of their premises. The overall aim of this new rating tool is to encourage the reduced environmental impact of interior projects.

Brian Wilkinson, CEO of the GBCSA, comments: “Our current suite of rating tools focus largely on the design and construction applied to new buildings and major refurbishments. Until now, they’ve had very little consideration for interior fit-outs inside each premises. The new Green Star SA Interiors tool is a key rating tool that will make a significant impact, especially on multitenant retail and office space.”

Wilkinson adds: “We are excited to launch this pioneering new tool for South Africa, and believe that it will help transform thousands of offices, shops, restaurants and many other places, in existing and new buildings across the country, into sustainable green spaces.”

Nathi Manzana, Standard Bank’s Head of Professional and Technical Services says: “Standard Bank is committed to sustainable business. This commitment is seen in the business practices we conduct, the facilities we manage, and the associations that we support. Working sustainably makes sound business sense, supports the environment and provides a productive space for our employees to serve our customers.”

Manzana adds: “Standard Bank’s new Rosebank office complex is an illustration of this. The building was completed in 2013 and accommodates around 4 500 employees in customer-facing operations. It has achieved a 5-star Green Star SA Design office v1 rating by the GBCSA and a 5-star Green Star SA As built office v1 rating.”

Lisa Reynolds, Sustainability Director at Saint-Gobain Gyproc, comments: “Saint-Gobain Gyproc is mindful of the fact that developing green environments requires much more than just energy planning. The company’s primary focus is the contribution our products make to the reduction of energy usage in both homes and workplaces. We have a number of products in our portfolio that have been designed and developed in-line with the company’s commitment to moving towards a greener environment, ensuring our products are able to contribute to energy efficient buildings being awarded the highest Green Star certification.”

The Green Star SA Interiors tool will reward high-performance tenant spaces that are healthy, productive places to work and incentivise best practice for sustainable and efficient interior fit-outs that are also less costly to maintain and operate.

It is designed to allow each tenancy to have unique environmental design initiatives, and to fairly and independently benchmark each one.

The benefits are far-reaching. Significantly lower building operation and management costs will provide cost savings for both tenants and landlords, and an energy-efficient premises would be less affected by soaring energy prices. In addition, with the national energy crises, lower energy consumption in green buildings reduces the strain on the power grid.

“A healthy building means happier employees and improved productivity. Businesses will be in a better position to retain talented staff and fast‐track behavioural change,” says Wilkinson.

He adds there are several knock-on advantages to using the Green Star SA Interiors tool. “It will definitely give businesses a competitive advantage. It signifies industry leaders who provide smart and healthy work, shopping and meeting places that are ‘set apart’ in the marketplace. It is not only a responsible investment, but serves to heighten a business’s attractiveness as an investment, a partner and an employer.”

The tool will also recognise and encourage collaboration between the building owner and tenants to manage and operate the building along environmentally sustainable principles.

The tool considers interior fit-outs from an all-round perspective, including the project scope and implementation. “It would, for example, identify and encourage management practises that minimise the amount of demolition and construction waste going to disposal,” notes Wilkinson.

“It gives recognition to the design of workspaces that provide spatial efficiency and improve productivity and occupant performance. Credits targeted will include quality of internal air, thermal, lighting and visual comfort, acoustic quality, ergonomics, as well as energy monitoring and greenhouse gas emissions,” Wilkinson says.

The Green Star SA Interiors pilot programme has already been a success. Various interior fit-out projects at retailers, gyms, offices as well as standalone fit-outs at branches are part of the pilot phase. Version one of the tool is now available for public use.

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Sustainable Building of the Year award for 2014 Winner

Many congratulations to Perkins + Will in Canada for their award-winning and exemplary sustainable project: The VanDusen Botanical Gardens and Visitor Centre, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We are delighted to congratulate you as the winner of the WAN Sustainable Building of the Year award for 2014.


The 19,000 sq ft LEED Platinum building is the first to apply for the Living Building Challenge in Canada. Inspired by natural forms and organised into a petal-like floor plan, the project includes the visitors’ centre, café, library, garden shop & outdoor shop, classroom, atria and other flexible spaces such as the ‘flex room’ and the Livingstone Plaza.

We enlisted the help of some of the industry’s top experts on the subject of sustainability to assess the projects and select the winner. The panel consisted of:

– Ann Marie Aguilar: Associate Director at Arup Associates;
– Chris Castle: Main Board Director at EPR Architects;
– Heidi Creighton: Sustainability Consultant;
– Richard Hyams: Founding Director of AStudio.


– Richard Hyams: Founding Director of AStudio.


Reviewing the six finalists to select the overall winner was long debated as the final six projects had each tackled sustainability issues in different ways in accordance to location and materials readily available. Ledanger’s Upcycle House made use of found and reclaimed materials, tackling carbon reduction during construction. The Powerhouse Kjørbo in Oslo, Norway by Snøhetta, meanwhile, uses reclaimed buildings that will give back more energy than they use. The panel members each had their work cut out, but eventually the final choice was between the VanDusen Botanical Garden Centre, the University of Queensland Global Change Institute and 1 Embankment Place.

The jury decided to award the win to Perkins + Will for their outstanding work on the Botanical Garden Visitor Centre. They reached this decision based on their holistic and impressively high building standards for the project, that aims to reach the highest possible accreditations in sustainability. The jurors were also impressed by the centre as a design for the future that can be learnt from and used as a strategy for future sustainable building around the globe.

As is often the case, our panel held a few projects in high esteem and wanted to award the ‘highly commended’ award to two additional projects for their impressive approach to sustainability and interaction with their communities in accordance with locale. Congratulations to:

No 1 Silo in Cape Town, South Africa by V&A Waterfront. This is the first large-scale building in South Africa to be awarded the 6 star rating for ‘design’ from the GBCSA and the first building of any size to be awarded the coveted 6 star rating ‘as built’ by the GBCSA.


– ZCB, Zero Carbon Building in Hong Kong, China by Ronald Lu & Partners. Designed to inspire positive change in the public and the industry towards carbon reduction and sustainable living. It is the first zero-carbon building in Hong Kong and the first of its kind globally in a sub-tropical high-rise and high-density context.


– ZCB, Zero Carbon Building in Hong Kong, China by Ronald Lu & Partners. Designed to inspire positive change in the public and the industry towards carbon reduction and sustainable living. It is the first zero-carbon building in Hong Kong and the first of its kind globally in a sub-tropical high-rise and high-density context.

Many thanks to everyone who took part and a special thanks to our panel for their expertise and selection.

If you would like to know more about the work talked about here, or any of the other projects entered into this year’s WAN Sustainable Building of the Year award, then visit our website: or contact to find out how you could win a place amongst the best in practice in your specialist field.

Faye Chalmers